Joan Lee Buttram

Delaware Education Research & Development Center

Phone: (302) 831-4434


Office: 108B Willard Hall Educ Bld

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Work focuses on improving schools. Areas of interest include: school and district leadership, teachers' professional development and program evaluation.
  • Currently directing the Delaware Education Research and Development Center at the University of Delaware. The center partners with schools and other organizations, applying research in action to improve education.
  • Recently conducted a study that analyzed why some Delaware high schools had higher graduation rates and did better on the Delaware Student Testing Program than others of similar socioeconomic status.
  • Can also discuss education policy and educational accountability.
  • Previously served as director of testing in an urban school district (Newark, NJ).

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Center Director, Delaware Education Research and Development Center
Assistant Professor, School of Education

UDaily Article:
UD survey finds Delawareans rate state's schools favorably

schools, education, teaching, standardized tests